1. Billboard Bits: Black Eyed Peas to Play Super Bowl Halftime in 2011?

    September 16, 2010 6:34 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Eyed Peas To Play 2011 Super Bowl? The Black Eyed Peas are rumored to perform at the halftime show at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, according to the Sports by Brooks blog. The group previously performed at…

  2. The xx Wins 2010 Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2010 7:03 PM EDT T he xx has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut album, xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). The £20,000 ($31,000) prize was presented to the alt-rock trio at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Sept. 7). The result was screened live on BBC Two, along with…

  3. Drake Launches OVO Festival in Toronto

    July 20, 2010 7:07 PM EDT D rake will conclude his "Away From Home" tour by launching his very own festival -- the first annual OVO Festival, taking place in his hometown of Toronto on Aug. 1 in association with Blackberry. The daylong event will feature a headlining set by the rapper as well as Francis &…

  4. Chart Beat Wednesday: Eminem, Luke Bryan, Steve Oliver

    July 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'NOT AFRAID' TO MAKE 'WAY' FOR TWO: Eminem claims the Pop Songs Greatest Gainer award for a second consecutive week, as "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , blasts 21-13 with a 50% improvement (3,029-4,550 plays on 128 stations), according to Nielsen BDS.…

  5. Tupac, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recordings by Tupac Shakur , Willie Nelson , R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of 2000's National Recording Preservation…

  6. The xx Buzz At Bonnaroo

    June 12, 2010 12:09 PM EDT The sparse, cool British trio the xx are on a road former buzz bands like MGMT know something about. Bonnaroo Main | Bonnaroo 2010 Photos 10 Awesome Bonnaroo Moments After their debut was received rapturously by the blogosphere and many critics, the xx - whose members are all 21 or younger -…

  7. Laurie Anderson Plays Concert for Dogs at Sydney Opera House

    June 05, 2010 11:25 AM EDT Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday. Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced…

  8. Drake Visits Lil Wayne, Hosts Album Listening In NYC

    June 03, 2010 2:11 PM EDT Shortly after his full album leaked, rapper Drake held a listening session in New York City yesterday (June 2) for his much-anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later." Reporters joined some of the Toronto rapper's famous friends -- including Chris Brown , Jay Sean , Bow Wow , Baby and…

  9. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  10. Gogol Bordello, Rick Rubin Team Up For 'Hustle'

    March 23, 2010 4:14 PM EDT Eugene Hütz, guitar strapped over a shirtless shoulder, sweat shining atop his narrow frame, grabs the microphone and raises one arm over his famously mustachioed face, closing the night with a final coda: "We are your fucking friends Gogol Bordello !" Behind, his band of gypsies…

  11. Nick Jonas Balancing Brothers With Solo Band, Tour

    December 22, 2009 9:35 AM EST Nick Jonas says his new band, the Administration, allows him to "explore a little more of my roots as an artist and musician" and play songs that he "didn't think were necessarily right for the Jonas Brothers sound." "With this record, the overall template was…

  12. Yes Plots Winter U.S. Tour

    December 08, 2009 4:49 PM EST Prog rock veterans Yes return to the U.S. in February for an 18-date run of small venues that kicks off Feb. 2 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and wraps 26 days later in Boca Raton, Fla. Tickets go on sale Dec. 11. The group's lineup remains founding bassist Chris Squire, longtime guitarist Steve…

  13. Video: Snow Patrol "Up To Now" and Beyond

    November 12, 2009 1:38 PM EST Irish/Scottish alt-rockers Snow Patrol may be best known to some "as that band that does 'Chasing Cars'," says frontman Gary Lightbody, but in fact, they have 15 years and five studio albums under their belts, as well as a trove of material from side projects that is…

  14. Rammstein Album Banned From Display In Germany

    November 09, 2009 3:37 PM EST The album "Liebe ist Für Alle Da" ("Love is For All") by German hard rock group Rammstein - currently at No. 2 on Billboard's European Albums Chart - has been banned from public display in German stores with effect from Nov. 11 on account of its depictions of sadism…

  15. U2 Kicks Off North American Tour In Chicago

    September 13, 2009 11:31 AM EDT Declaring that "all you need is love -- and a spaceship," U2 brought its 360 Tour to North America on Saturday night (Sept. 12) with the first of two shows at Soldier Field in Chicago. Playing its first full-scale U.S. concert since 2006 before a packed house, the Irish quartet…

  16. Pixies Bringing 'Doolittle' Shows To U.S.

    July 28, 2009 11:58 AM EDT The Pixies piqued fans interest with news they'd regroup to play their 1989 classic "Doolittle" in Europe. Now the group will bring the album's 20th anniversary celebration to the U.S. this November. The Pixies will play "Doolittle," their second album, over the…

  17. Ryan Seacrest Re-Ups With 'Idol' In $45 Million Deal

    July 13, 2009 10:11 AM EDT Ryan Seacrest is Fox's 45-Million-Dollar Man. The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host,…

  18. Ryan Seacrest Re-Ups With 'Idol' In $45 Million Deal

    July 13, 2009 7:44 AM EDT Ryan Seacrest is Fox's 45-Million-Dollar Man. The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host,…

  19. May 25, 2009

    May 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Reggae musician Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack at his home in Croydon, England, at the age of 64. 2005 – Domenic Troiano of the Guess Who and Bush dies of prostate cancer in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 59. 2005 – Country singer Carrie Underwood wins Season Four of “American…

  20. Eels Ready Beard-Inspired Album

    May 21, 2009 10:01 AM EDT The Eels' E says his beard inspired the wolf-man style character that voices his songs on the group's new "Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire," which comes out June 2. "I had been working on some other music and was brushing my teeth one morning and looked in the mirror…

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